The Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club, Lake Terrace East, Mount Gambier, SA

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Brendan’s back among the winners

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

For Penshurst greyhound Jimary Siesta, last Sunday’s win at Tara Raceway in the Produce Store Stake (512 metres) was her first since July 4, 2018 when she had been successful at Wentworth Park over the staying journey of 720 metres.

Brendan and Kayla Bunworth pictured at Tara Raceway in 2014 with Sir Lenny.

And for her trainer, Brendan Bunworth, it had been his first win back after a break from the sport of 4½ years – his last winner at Tara Raceway being with the more than handy chaser Sir Lenny who defeated Striking Viking on September 26, 2014.

Jimary Siesta’s three length win over the consistent Lone Star in 30.33 seconds was her first in SA after previous successes at Ipswich, Lismore, Grafton and Sydney’s city track.

Unfortunately for Bunworth – a one-time Tara Raceway regular who enjoyed plenty of success with his then Casterton-based team – work commitments prevented him from being on-course last Sunday, Tony Harding of Hamilton handling the blue bitch.

Shane Flink (left) and Tony Harding with Jimary Siesta after her win on Sunday.

A rising four-year-old, Jimary Siesta is by Cosmic Rumble out of Harpo Lady, unraced but well-bred, being by Bond x Al Fresco (a city-winning stayer that all told won 20 races).

From a litter by Pure Octane, Al Fresco produced Mantra Lad, a winner of 26 races and $456,000 in stakemoney while among a Malfoy x Al Fresco litter was Mantra Miss, at one time the Tara Raceway record holder over both the 512 metre and 732 metre distances and later the dam of former 600 metre record holder Miss Jacovella.

Jimary Siesta had raced before at Tara Raceway, running second over 600 metres in late September after Penola trainer Damien Smith had acquired her from NSW earlier that month.

Damien Smith and his three-year-old son Stefan pictured with Kermy’s Gem.

But despite some impressive trial performances, she failed to replicate the efforts on race days, Smith soon opting to move her on via the internet site Greyhound-Data.

About this time Bunworth had been looking for an outlet away from work – something, perhaps, that his three children could also take an interest in. The posting on-line for Jimary Siesta, as a virtual giveaway, came along at the right time and all of a sudden the 35-year-old was back in dogs.

Meanwhile, earlier last Sunday, Smith also tasted success when Kermy’s Gem – after two close-up second placings – led all the way to defeat Like A Rocket by 3¼ lengths in the Trackside Meats Stake (400 m) in 23.56 seconds.

A recent addition to Smith’s kennels after being recently purchased for $2000 from Victoria, the son of Paw Licking and Hayley’s Gem is the third winning dog he’s been associated with since relocating to Penola in the latter part of last year.

In between breeding a litter by Aston Dee Bee out of Majestic Tale last month, Smith has also been successful at Tara Raceway with Mulan and with Lektra Guiseppe at Tara Raceway, Angle Park and Horsham.